Dr. Zhong Lu has been a physical scientist with Cascades Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
since 2007. He grew up in northeastern China and obtained a BS and MS in geophysics from Beijing University in 1989 and 1992 and a PhD in Geophysics from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1996.
During 1997 and 2006, he was with Raytheon and SAIC, the on-site service contractors for USGS EROS Center at Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Lu is a principal investigator of projects funded by the USGS, NASA, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and German Space Agency (DLR) on the study of land surface deformation using satellite interferometric SAR (InSAR) imagery.
He loves all aspects of InSAR processing and applications. His research interests include technique developments of SAR, InSAR, and persistent scatterer InSAR processing, and applications of InSAR on natural hazards monitoring and natural resources management. He has produced more than 40 lead-authored and 60 co-authored journal articles and book chapters focused on InSAR techniques and applications of InSAR to the study of volcanic, seismic, and hydrological processes.
He was the recipient of an American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing, NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Certificate of Appreciation, Raytheon Distinguished Level Award for Excellence in Technology, SAIC Technical Fellow, and Jerald Cook Memorial Award.